Monaghan bounces back to land gold for cock-a-hoop COPS
City of Peterborough Swimming Club (COPS) made a big splash at the British Championships in Sheffield.
They finished the six-day event at Ponds Forge with a flourish over the weekend, winning medals on both days, and ended up with eight gongs overall.
And two of them were of the sparkling gold variety.
Myles Robinson-Young (15) took the honours in the 15yrs 400m freestyle final on day one in a new personal best 4:03.69 and Amelia Monaghan (15) touched first in the 15yrs 200m individual medley final on Saturday in 2:21.92.
For Monaghan it made up for the huge disappointment of suffering a disqualification in the 400m individual medley final which she ‘won’ convincingly.
She said: “Before the race I was so nervous I was shaking. After winning the 400 and getting disqualified I did have my eye on gold for this race. The other girls had their eyes on me so the call room was extremely tense.
“With my individual medley I always know I am a bit behind with my fly and the back and I did start to panic so I wasn’t sure if I would catch up. But when I got onto the breaststroke I just gave it everything thinking of how good the reward would be at the end.
“On the free I could see the other girls catching me up so I just kept my head down and kicked like I never had before.
“After the scoreboard said I had won I had to double check I hadn’t got disqualified before I could celebrate.
“After everything was confirmed I looked up at my parents and the COPS team and just let out the biggest sigh of relief.”
It was Monaghan’s second medal of the championships as she also won a bronze medal in the 200m breaststroke.
Robinson-Young also ended up with two medals, adding the 200m freestyle bronze to his 400m gold.
He said: “To be honest it feels unreal to be a double national medallist, compared to last year where I struggled to make a single final.
“I am overjoyed with my progression over this past year. My aspirations are probably to improve my swimming as much as possible and hopefully the rest will follow on from that.”
The COPS silver medal was won by Rachel Wellings, who was runner-up in the 17/18yrs 200m backstroke in a time of 2:15:22. The winner Cassie Wild of Ellesmere clocked 2.13.62.
Wellings said: “When I looked up at the timing board I couldn’t quite believe that I had come second, and that I had swam over three seconds faster than in the morning’s heat.”
COPS won three other bronze medals over the weekend.
They came from Mollie Allen (18) in the 50m 19yrs/Over backstroke in 28.93, Jamie Scholes (17) in the 200m 17/18yrs backstroke in 2:03.47, and Wellings, Rebecca Burton, Chloe Hannam and Allen in the 400m 17yrs/Over medley relay in a new ASA East record time of 4.14.68.
COPS head coach Ben Negus added: “I couldn’t be prouder of how we handled ourselves over the six days.”
COPS’ bronze medal winning relay team. From the left are Rachel Wellings, Rebecca Burton, COPS head coach Ben Negus, Chloe Hannam and Mollie Allen.
Amelia Monaghan won gold and bronze.
Myles Robinson-Young won gold and bronze.
Rachel Wellings took home a silver and a bronze medal .
Mollie Allen won individual and relay bronze.
Jamie Scholes claimed a bronze medal.